Gallardise rounded off a good day for AppleTree at Lingfield yesterday, she made light work of a field of 11 runners over a 1m in the Betway Novice Median Auction Stakes. Popping out of the gates Gallardise made all to win by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths reversing previous form with the Amy Murphy trained Emotional Moment. She is a full sister to AppleTree's Gallaside and like him is a fine big horse. The way Gallardise won would make us think there is plenty to come from her as she was still a little green in front and only really did what she had to see off her rivals under the brilliant Hollie Doyle. Earlier on on the Lingfield card Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle did AppleTree another favor winning the Betway Novice Stakes with Perfect Crown (Hallowed Crown x Perfect fun). He is a half brother to our mare Absolute Blast (kodiac x Perfect Fun), the 3yo colt already has place black type but the way he won by 7 lengths from a 90 rated rival Aroha giving her 10lb suggests more black type is imminent.
Tomorrow's Dream (Oasis Dream x Midnight Thoughts) put up a fine performance to win the British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies' Handicap over 1m at Glorious Goodwood today. She beat a competitive field breaking well to sit behind the leaders, before picking up nicely to win by a cozy 1 1/2 lengths form Angel Power. We will have to wait and see what the handicapper does but I'm hoping we will hunt for some black type now which will be great for Tomorrow's Dream as a broodmare prospect and also her dam Midnight Thoughts, enhancing her page. Midnight Thoughts is already 3 winners from 3 foals, she has a Shalaa 2yo filly who will be out in the autumn and a lovely Kingman filly foal on the ground. the future looks bright for the family.
Tomorrow's Dream (Oasis Dream x Midnight Thoughts17) was a welcome winner on Tuesday night at Chepstow in the Blackwood Engineering Handicap over 7f. She gets us off the mark for 2020 and looks like she will progress. She was not 100% happy on the undulations of Chepstow and Tom Marquand did a fantastic job of keeping her balanced before producing her to win nicely by a length from Clive Cox's gelding Top Secret.
Gallaside ran well at Royal Ascot yesterday and is sure to improve. He finished 10th in the Golden Gate Handicap over 1m2f which doesn't sound that amazing but he travelled through the race with purpose and saw out the trip fine, he was only beaten 8 1/2 lengths in a very competitive race. Gallaside will come on for the run and we are looking forward to running him against the older horses as receiving weight for age allowance will be a big advantage when you take into account his size and strength. AppleTree will have a lot of fun with him before the season is out.
We are excited to say Gallaside (Lucayan x Gallaecia 17) will be a first runner for AppleTree at Royal Ascot in the 3yo only Golden Gates Handicap over 1m2f at 1.15 this afternoon. He has been a fun horse for us winning 3 races last year and being placed twice. It is going to be a tough task as you would expect but we are confident of a good run, work reports have been great from Archie. He is running over the same trip 1m2f as his only disappointing run last season at Nottingham. After discussions with Archie we are sure the run at Notts can be put down to the end of a long year with it being his 6th run of his 2yo season. The ground was also slow at Notts as it is likely to be this afternoon but we are confident he will handle it after growing in to his frame, Gallaside is a fine big horse now. Win, loose or draw we will learn something and it is fantastic to have a runner at the most prestigious event of the summer. Hollie Doyle takes the ride again, we dare to dream.
Lola Paige (Galileo x Timbuktu 17) has her second run in a handicap in the Keldgate Handicap over a 1m at Beverly this afternoon. She is a filly that has disappointed. Some of last years form is certainly ok, being beaten a neck by Golden Lips at Lingfield looks good as that filly went on to Finnish second in the Oaks trial at the same track. Taken on face value that would be good enough to win this afternoons contest and I am sure Lola is better than her handicap debut at Kempton last October, there were 2 excuses surface and end of a long season. Lola will be more at home on the turf and she has showed enough at home to suggest she can win a race of this nature.